Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Former Obama Administration Executive Director of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, David J. Danelo spent three months traveling the 1,952 miles separating the United States and Mexico—a journey across four states and two countries, through a world of rivers and canals, mountains and deserts, highways and dirt roads, fences and border towns.
Danelo’s new book is The Border: Journeys along the U.S.-Mexico Border, the World’s Most Consequential Divide (Stackpole Books, June 2019).
“The border David follows in this book is the not the one of myth and political invective, but the real border, the one that exists for people who live in communities near the border,” Migration Policy Institute President Andrew Selee says in his foreword. “A space where people from two countries—and sometimes many countries—interact through trade, family connections, and shared pursuits, almost as if the line separating them didn’t exist.”
Originally published in 2008, this fully revised and updated edition traverses the length of the border and a decade of shifting policy and attitudes surrounding this hotly contested area—bringing readers up to speed on current border circumstances, while reframing the national immigration dialog with an eye toward our core values.
Danelo’s investigative report about a complex, longstanding debate examines the border in human terms, through a cast of colorful characters.
As topical today as it was when Danelo first made his trek, this revised and updated edition answers the core questions: Should we close the border? Is a fence or wall the answer? Is the U.S. government capable of fully securing the border?
A Senior Fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Danelo has conducted field research for the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security. Denelo consults on international border management, investigates geopolitical risk, and writes about intersections between policy, security and culture.